Welcome to Year 2
Miss Carey- Class Teacher
Mrs Morris- Teaching assistant and Forest School Lead
Mrs Nixon- ECT and PPA cover on Fridays
Our focus this year is to support and nurture the children after the turbulent few years they have previously had due to the COVID-19 Pandemic and lockdowns that resulted because of this. As they return to school it is our aim to help them to build their independence and confidence ready for when they move up to Key Stage Two. In Year 2 the children will be encouraged to take on some responsibility for themselves and their learning journey. They will be expected to complete and return homework on time and will be encouraged to take ownership and responsibility for remembering the things that they need in school; for example, ensuring they get their reading diary signed by an adult at home and bringing it to school every day, bringing in PE/swimming kits and book bags. We will always be there to support and guide them in their learning when needed and strongly encourage them to ask for help if they need support.
After October Half Term, all the children in Year 2 will have their Phonics Screening Test. As you are aware this has been delayed due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. This test will involve the children using the sounds they have learnt in phonics lessons in Year 1 and Year 2 to decode and read a range of real words and ‘alien’ words (made up words). The work that the children have been doing in Read Write, Inc. in Year 1 and Year 2 will prepare the children for the Phonics Screening Test. I would like to emphasise how important it is for your child to be reading at home every night to an adult so that your child has the best chance possible. Myself and Mrs Morris will also be hearing readers in school every day and we will be doing lots of Phonics focussed work. Again I would like to reassure you that this is nothing to worry about and your child will be very prepared for the Test after October Half Term.
After its success last year, we will continue to use Class Dojo to reward children for a range of different things, including showing Gospel Values, being kind and helpful, working hard, showing resilience, persevering, completing homework, contributing to learning, teamwork, listening well, using their manners as well as much more.
As before, we will be using 'minutes' as a sanction- these will be taken off Golden Time at the end of the week.
As always, parental involvement is key, and we will work with you to give praise or tackle any issues.
Again, this year, we will be having PE on a Wednesday so every child will come to school dressed in their PE kit. Our second PE day will be on a Monday (children are to come to school in school uniform and bring PE kit with them). This should be their indoor kits (shorts/t-shirt) with black or navy joggers on top and outdoor trainers. Any hoodies worn should be either school branded or plain navy/black. Please ensure your kit is labelled to avoid any mix-ups or lost items!
We will have forest school on a rota basis on a Friday afternoon- you will be notified in advance but please have a kit ready including wellies/trainers, clothes you don't mind getting muddy and a waterproof jacket.
In the spring and summer term we will also be going swimming every Tuesday, so children will need to bring their swimming kit, towel, and goggles in a bag so they can change when we get to the swimming pool. More information about this will be given to you nearer to the time.
If your child loses a sheet, it is their responsibility to come and ask for a new one so that their work can still be completed. If children are unable to complete their homework at home, they will need to complete it in their own time at school.
Thank you for reading and for your continued support in your child's education. If you have any queries/questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch.
Miss Carey and Mrs Morris